PENNYAN – Age 60, of Penn Yan, NY died peacefully at 4:30 in the morning on August 31, 2022 at the home of his parent’s on Stape Road.
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Rodney was born June 26, 1962 at Geneva General Hospital to Donald and Phyllis (Carroll) Christensen. As part of Rodney’s life journey, he chose to stop his dialysis treatment and opened his arms for Jesus to lead him home.
As a young teenager he worked on his Uncle Claude Carroll’s farm and neighbor Lyle Jensen’s farm. He graduated from PYA Class of 1980. He worked for another uncle, Donald Carroll driving truck for Appleton’s (Penn Yan), Universal Appliance (Geneva), Seed Way (Hall), and Hudson Pipe and Pumps (Penn Yan). He enjoyed his Farm,all tractors, his Honda 70 minibike, and his 1963 GMC truck. He was a 4-H member, FFA member, was on the PYA Wrestling Team for one year, and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Penn Yan.
He is survived by his son Rodney N. Christensen II (Ana) of Florida, daughter Carrie (Ben) Rider of Penn Yan, and son Cody (Penny) Christensen of Penn Yan. Sister Kay Christensen of Dansville, brother Pastor Todd Christensen, Nephews Theodore and Benjamin Christensen-Cook of Geneva (Kay Christensen), Parents Donald and Phyllis and his dog Layla.
Grandchildren: Rylyn and Paysen Morris, Lacy Christensen, Nathan and Riley Christensen, Braxson Rider, and step-grandchildren Brayden Rider, Aniyah and Noah Desada.
Rodney is predeceased by his Grandmother Mabel Carroll, Uncles: Rodney, Donald, Claude and Roger Carroll, and Grandparents George and Viola Christensen.
Donations may be made to the Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or to Ontario-Yates Hospice 756 Pre-Emption Rd., Geneva, NY 14456.
A very special thank you to the nurses at Clifton Springs Hospital on the 1400 unit who cared for Rod while he was there for six weeks. They were kind, patient, understanding, and loving. Also, to the Ontario-Yates Hospice Team. Especially Nurse Karen Strickland and Nurse Yvonne Hallstead.
May Rodney now find Peace and Happiness. Your family loves you. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 from 10 a.m. until 11 am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 135 Hamilton St. Penn Yan with a service to follow for immediate family: cousins, aunts. and uncles, Pastor Lori Nickoloff officiating. Committal to follow at Lake View Cemetery.
Please visit www.kenperkinsfuneralhome.com to send a message of condolence to the Christensen family.